Handful of Valley area football players commit before Signing Day

Published 10:18 pm Monday, February 4, 2019

Deciding on where to go in life upon graduation is one of the biggest decisions a high school senior can make,  and over this past weekend, three Valley area football players took one more step closer to crossing that objective off of the to-do list.

Lanett seniors Dee Dobbs and Kolby Davidson and LaFayette senior Trevor Vines have announced where they committed to play college football. Dobbs is heading to Alabama State University, Davidson will play for the Skyhawks at Point University and Vines committed to Alcorn State University.

The 6-foot-6 Dobbs was the second-leading receiver for the Panthers this past season, reeling in 20 catches for 345 yards and 10 touchdowns in nine regular season games. Davidson, 6-foot-2, was the third-leading receiver for Lanett in 2018, reeling in 16 catches for 317 yards and five touchdowns. Vines, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound lineman finished this past season with a total of 113 tackles, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one sack. Vines was a four-year starter at LaFayette, allowing the Bulldogs to gain 3,473 total yards on offense.

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Dobbs and Vines were selected to the 2018 All-Valley Area Football Team, while Davidson was named an honorable mention.

Lanett will replace its top three receivers, Trikweze Bridges, Dobbs and Davidson, for Alabama’s top-ranked 2020 high school athlete, Kristian Story’s senior season. Rising senior Quae Houston is the top active receiver expected to return from 2018. Last season, Houston caught 16 passes for 274 yards and five touchdowns.

LaFayette is going to replace two of its offensive linemen next season with Vines and Joshua Holloway graduating. Rising junior Julius Bullard is expected to step up in the larger role for LaFayette.

Dobbs, Davidson and Vines will sign their official letters of intent on Wednesday for National Signing Day. Lanett’s ceremony is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. EST. in the school’s auditorium, while LaFayette’s will begin at 11:30 a.m. EST. in the school’s gymnasium.